I am reviewing this recipe but I changed a few things!! (But what I love about this site is seeing how other people's efforts turned out.) Mine was DELICIOUS.
The concept is GREAT - that's what gets the 4 stars. This recipe really worked well for me. As other reviewers noted, WAY too much breadcrumbs listed - I used 1/2 cup - and I added 1/4 cup parmesan to the meat mixture. Other than that, the only change was that I used 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of spaghetti sauce (I don't buy store sauce, I always make my own, good, bad or ugly) and I added 1 tbsp of oregano and 2 tsp of basil to the sauce. I used 1 onion as listed, but I put half in the meatballs and half into the sauce. Also doubled the garlic (amt listed in meatballs, another 2 cloves in sauce) and 1/2 tsp salt b/c the tomato products I used were sodium-free. YOU MUST use lean beef - even if you skimmed this, the odd flavors imparted by beef fat (which are great in burgers) just don't work in sauce.
This was a very close approximation to my homemade, 3-hour futzing in the kitchen spaghetti and meatballs, and the efforts took less than 15 minutes!! I am very impressed and will definitely use this again. Thanks for the idea!!
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I am reviewing this recipe but I changed a few things!! (But what I love about this site is...